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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Park Benjamin. (1809–1864)
    I’m king of the dead—and I make my throne
On a monument slab of marble cold;
And my scepter of rule is the spade I hold:
Come they from cottage or come they from hall,
Mankind are my subjects, all, all, all!
Let them loiter in pleasure or toilfully spin—
I gather them in, I gather them in!
          The Old Sexton.
    Flowers are Love’s truest language.
Abraham Lincoln. (1809–1865)
      I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
          Speech, June 16, 1858.
      Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.
          Campaign Speech against Douglas. 1 
      Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
          Remark made when requested to dismiss Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General.
      I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
          Letter to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, who lost five sons killed in battle. Nov. 21, 1864.
Note 1.
They have seen in his [Douglas’s] round, jolly fruitful face, post-offices, land-offices, marshalships and cabinet-appointments, charge-ships and foreign missions, bursting out in wonderful exuberance, ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Ibid. [back]